Plans for the $36 million new zoo at Bungarribee in the Western Sydney Parklands have been passed by the Planning and Environment Department and community feedback is being sought.
Proposals are now being put forward to ensure that Sydney Zoo will not drive nearby Featherdale Wildlife Park out of business when it opens in early 2018.
A report by Featherdale’s parent company, Elanor Investors’ Group, forecasts that Featherdale could lose up to 84 per cent of visitors when the Zoo, which is just 6km away, opens.
Differentiation of the two attractions will be an important factor in ensuring that both thrive; 90 per cent of Sydney Zoo’s exhibits will be based around exotic animals, whereas Featherdale focuses on native animals. In addition joint ticketing systems are being considered.